By Victor Adeoti, Osogbo.
Osun State’s governor-elect, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, vows that he is ready to defend his victory at the election petition tribunal and retain his mandate.
Adeleke of the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) said that his emergence as governor-elect was entrenched in total compliance with the law and was by the will of the people.
He made the declaration in a statement issued on Saturday in Osogbo by his spokesman, Malam Olawale Rasheed.
Incumbent Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was defeated at the July 16 election, and his party filed a petition before an election tribunal on Friday challenging the election’s outcome.
Adeleke, however, claimed that the election was one of the most transparent in recent history in Nigeria, adding that the people’s mandate, freely given against overwhelming odds, would be defended and validated.
He said that PDP’s Legal Department was taking appropriate action on the petition and called on his supporters to remain calm.
“This divine victory cannot be stolen through the backdoor.
“I urge the good people of Osun, who voted massively to reject bad governance, to remain calm.
“We are doing the needful to defend their mandate.
“We will do all within our powers to ensure judicial validation of our victory. as this is an election globally certified as a great advancement in electoral transparency and integrity.
“We also want to reaffirm our faith in the judiciary as a bastion of hope and justice.
“We have unshakeable trust in God that this election petition shall end in another landmark victory for us and the resilient people of Osun,’’ he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Adeleke winner of the July 17 governorship election with 403,371 votes, beating Gov. Oyetola who scored 375,027 votes.